What is Going on (Again) at Cedarville University?

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More stuff is going on at the conservative evangelical (fundamentalist?) Christian school. We’ve been covering Cedarville for several years now. Here are some of the titles of our posts:

April 24, 2014: “What is Going on at Cedarville University?” (A story about an underground student newspaper that was squashed by the administration).

April 26, 2017: “What is Going on at Cedarville University?” (A story about Cedarville’s new “Philippians 4:8 curriculum reforms).

April 29, 2017: “Cedarville University President Responds” (backlash related to the Philippians 4:8 curriculum).

May 1, 2017: “Cedarville University Proposes Concealed Carry Policy.”

November 28, 2017: “More Thoughts on Cedarville’s ‘Biblically Consistent Curriculum

May 31, 2018: “Will Cedarville University Remove Paige Patterson From its Board of Trustees?

June 1, 2018: “Paige Patterson Resigns from the Cedarville University Board of Trustees.”

For a full calendar of the Cedarville shenanigans, check out Bill Trollinger‘s piece at his blog Righting America.

The primary focus of Trollinger’s piece is the most recent scandal at Cedarville. I will let him explain:

It turns out that just a few months after Cedarville implemented its Biblically Consistent Curriculum Policy – the centerpiece of the school’s fundamentalist crackdown –  the school hired Anthony Moore (an old friend of White’s from Southwestern Biblical Seminary, and also a Paige Patterson protégé) to serve as a Multicultural Recruiter and Biblical Research Fellow at Cedarville. Within fifteen months or so of his hire, the Board of Trustees agreed to give Moore faculty rank within the Biblical and Theological Studies Department, and in January 2019 his titles expanded to include “Special Advisor to the President for Kingdom Diversity.” More than this, Moore was an assistant coach of the Cedarville basketball team (and coached local soccer teams). This spring he taught a course at Cedarville on “Counseling and Mentoring Men.”

In short, it did not take Dr. Moore long to become a central figure at Cedarville University. But there was a problem.

It turns out that in his previous job – as campus pastor of The Village Church (TVC) in Fort Worth, Texas – Moore had secretly videotaped a male youth pastor showering in Moore’s home on multiple occasions. More than this, Moore emotionally, verbally, and spiritually abused the victim for almost a decade. While the videotaping could have brought a two-year jail sentence in Texas, the victim chose not to press charges.

But in January 2017 Matt Chandler, TVC lead pastor, announced in a statement to all TVC campuses that Moore had been fired for “grievous immoral actions against another adult member that disqualify him as an elder and staff member.”

Nevertheless, within a few months Moore was hired by his old friend, Thomas White, to work at Cedarville. 

It is obvious that White and the Cedarville administration and the Cedarville Board of Trustees did not come close to practicing due diligence. Not close. And that’s a serious indictment.

But it’s worse. It turns out that TVC Fort Worth had “thoroughly informed Dr. White and Cedarville University about the details of Anthony’s dismissal and our belief that Anthony was not fit for ministry of any kind.” A wise word.

But not to President White or the Cedarville Board. They knew better.

Read the entire piece here.